Lessons in the "USA" Category

What do you think of Donald Trump so far?

Today we will discuss Donald Trump. What do you think of him so far? Is he doing everything you expected? Is he living up to your dreams? Are you disappointed with him? Is he the right man for the job? Should Hillary Clinton have been president?

Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the USA. He’s running the United States of America. The new American president stepped into the White House on Friday January 20th. Depending on your politics, you either love him or hate him. His deputy, Mike Pence, is the new Vice President of the USA.

Donald Trump to be the new US President

Love him or hate him, the Republican Party candidate Donald J. Trump is to be the new 45th President of the USA. In a stunning upset, The Donald has beaten Hillary Clinton, from the Democratic Party, to the White House.

The result has shocked many in the USA and around the world. It sent convulsions throughout the USA and the world. Many world leaders and celebrities are now back-tracking fast on any derogatory statements and speeches they previously made.

The result was a devastating blow to Hillary Clinton, 69, who many pundits thought would easily win the presidency. Mike Pence will be the new Vice President of the USA.

Orlando shootings

Today, let’s talk about the terrible shootings that took place recently at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. More than 50 innocent people were killed with 53 others wounded.

The terrorist attack was carried out by Omar Mateen. Most of the victims were men in their 20s and 30s. The 29-year-old gunman was killed after taking hostages at the Pulse club. The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

Omar Mateen was an American who declared allegiance to the Islamic State. He was the son of an immigrant from Afghanistan.

Will Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton be the next American president?

Will Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton be the next American president? It’s an interesting question that’s got a lot of Americans talking!

It looks like billionaire Trump will be the Republican Party nominee after the other contenders dropped out. Critics once said ‘it could never happen’ (Trump being elected) but so far he has proved them all wrong.

If Clinton is chosen she will have a hard fight between herself and Trump. She wants to break down barriers, yet she is establishment that many Americans currently dislike.

The Rise of the Drone

Today, we are going to talk about drones. What exactly is a drone? It is a small helicopter-like device that can fly by remote control. There are many sorts of drone including quadcopters, mini-quads, or multi-rotor helicopters that are all the rage at the moment. They vary in price from £10. Most video drones start around £100. It appears to be the new hobby to take up.

Drones are generally used to take aerial film or photographs. They have considerably reduced movie makers’ budgets, as they have replaced costly helicopters in many instances. However, whilst drones have become more popular some are becoming a security risk.

Edward Snowden on German TV

Recently the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed by German TV channel ARD. In it he said the NSA is involved in industrial espionage. He added that the NSA takes intelligence regardless of its value to national security.

Snowden cited German engineering firm Siemens as one target. Snowden also revealed he no longer had possession of any documents or information on NSA activities. He has though turned everything over to select journalists.

Category: Technology / Edward Snowden / NSA

PRISM could be watching you!

Recently Britain’s Guardian newspaper made headline news when it published details about the US government’s controversial monitoring program called PRISM. What is that? It’s a mechanism the US government uses to spy on its population. It also helps them keep track of their citizens who live abroad.

According to The Huffington Post the US government uses the program to also spy on other countries. British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said GCHQ has not been using the system, yet the eavesdropping agency refuses to confirm or deny links to it.

Category: PRISM / Spying / Big Brother

One giant leap

One giant leap by one crazy 43-year-old Austrian recently made worldwide headline news. Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier, without mechanical help, after he jumped from 39,045 metres (128,100 feet, more than 39 km, or more than 24 miles) up in space. He has thus achieved one of the most remarkable feats man can accomplish. The Austrian daredevil made his daring leap high above Roswell, New Mexico, USA.

Category: Space / Skydiving / Austrian

Queen Elizabeth II addresses United Nations

Last week Queen Elizabeth II visited the United Nations in New York where she addressed the UN General Assembly for the first time since 1957. She said: “The UN had moved from being a high-minded aspiration to being a real force for common good.” She added, “For over six decades the United Nations has helped to shape international response to global dangers. The challenge now is to continue the security, prosperity and dignity of our fellow human beings.”

Since her original visit 53 years ago the number of member states have increased from 77 to 192. The Queen praised the UN for its work in reducing conflict, offering humanitarian assistance and tackling the effects of poverty. Her majesty warned of “new challenges such as terrorism and global warming that had emerged and had tested this organisation as much as its member states.” On climate change The Queen said: “Careful attention must be taken of the risks facing smaller, more vulnerable nations, many of them from the Commonwealth.”

Category: United Nations / New York / The Queen

Devastating oil slick hits US coastline

A massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has now hit several US state coastlines. The slick has been caused by a leaking oil pipeline. It follows a huge explosion aboard the BP (British Petroleum) operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The rig sank on April 22, two days after a huge explosion that killed 11 workers. US President Barack Obama has flown down to see for himself exactly how bad the spill is and to meet the boss of BP. The US President puts the blame firmly on the shoulders of BP who he says will be held personally responsible.

Choppy seas and strong winds have so far hampered the clean-up operation. BP has been severely criticised for under estimating the scale of the crisis. The sheer size of the oil spill threatens the very way of life for people all along the shorelines of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. The US state of Louisiana has been hit the hardest, which itself is still battling to recover after hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005.